The Mariners currently have five outfielders on their roster- Michael Morse,
Both Ibanez and Bay have struggled in the early going, making the decision on Chavez more difficult. Bay has been respectable at getting on base, but his .219/.324/.344 batting line lacks the power expected from a corner outfielder with limited defensive upside. Ibanez has been even worse, hitting just .182/.234/.364 in 47 plate appearances. However, Ibanez is coming off of a solid .240/.308/.453 season with the Yankees last year that included a heroic post-season performance while Bay has battled injuries and poor performances since leaving the Red Sox after the 2010 season. Neither player gives
Saunders was placed on the 15-day DL on April 11 with a sore right shoulder. He is eligible to come off of it on Friday April 26. The Mariners will be forced to make a decision on their crowded outfield before they can activate him.